Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop and a Giveaway!


Welcome to Domestic Deficit Disorder and my day for the Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop! I have to tell you I was so excited for this hop! I am a huge Christmas lover and an even bigger Christmas hoarder  decorator! Yep... love it, and in my opinion you can never have too many cute holiday themed items. I am pretty partial to trees and snowmen myself. I have WAY too many almost enough mini trees all over the house! Well... I guess that depends on who you ask lol.

So, I scoured Pinterest, I looked through all my favorited bookmarks online, I perused craft books and magazines... I think that might have been my problem. First I was too excited and wanted too much, then I overwhelmed myself with too many options! What I ended up with was only one craft that I never wanted to look at again when I was done! lol

So, I think I will be sending this to my momma to decorate her little apartment, it is a cute table topper!


This was the first time I attempted a Spiderweb block. I am absolutely in love with the finished look...however I had SO much trouble with this thing. I broke 4 needles... FOUR. The seams where the spiderweb meets in the middle are SO thick. So, if you are a quilter and know something I do not know please PLEASE help me out and tell me how to fix that, because I would really love to try this again. It is just so pretty! 

Also...this was my first attempt at real binding, instead of the cheater method and I did pretty well on that, whew! lol 


Since I did real binding I was also able to make the back pretty for the first time and I love that, too :)

So, if I could figure out how to fix it next time I would be in business! lol

Now, for the giveaway! Hopefully, someone else can get more inspired than I did and make something super cute and festive! I have a FQ bundle of 7 festive fabrics for you! This give a way is open to anyone, anywhere the only rule is that you MUST be a follower. Just leave a comment and make sure I can contact you if you win ;) That's all, good luck!



I will draw a winner on Monday the 12th of August, post the winner here and email them as well.


Now it is time for the rest of the blog hop! I hope you visit everyone and enjoy all of the holiday inspiration out there! Here is the rest of the stops on today's hop:

August 6

Thanks so much for stopping by and ty for your comments and/or suggestions on my problem! lol It was a pleasure having you stop by!

-Tanyia

106 comments:

  1. Those blocks are beautiful and make such a gorgeous quilt! I've had trouble with how thick those blocks get in the middle, so I'll be happy to see what others suggest. Of course, I follow you. :O)

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  2. Already a follower. I love making string and Spiderweb blocks. You can reduce a lot of the bulk by pressing all your seams open. You still end up with a bit of bulk in the center of the web. Hope someone else has more tricks or tips!

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  3. Fun and festive block and quilt!! Your mom is certainly lucky to receive such a treat! I would also suggest a stronger needle. My LQS owner suggested a 110/18 needle which I use quite often now for the thicker-stronger fabrics like batiks and the bulky seams encountered in blocks such as yours. Best of luck and thank you so much for your giveaway offer! I am and have been a follower :)

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  4. First of all I love the name of your blog ! LOL I think you did a fantastic job on your table topper ! Your Mom will love it ! Kudos's

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  5. I love it. I have done a few things with lots of points all going together and have the same issue of breaking needles wish I knew a trick too.

    Richard Healey

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  6. I love it! Great job on your Christmas sewing.... What a beautiful bunch of fabric you are sharing.

    --Leah

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  7. Love the quilt!! I know your mom will love it.. I am a newby at quilting so can't help you on your problem but I will continue reading your comments to see if anyone comes up with an answer. I am now following you by bloglovin.

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  8. Beautiful. I love Christmas too! :)

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  9. Beautiful. I love Christmas too! :)

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  10. Oh what a great project !!! I'm impressed ! And I want to have those fabrics ;) Oh ! They are so beautyfull !! Huggs from Poland - Agnieszka

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  11. Your spider web quilt is so beautiful. I think it could be more easy to quilt if you let the seams be open. Then you wouldn´t have such thick problems in the center. Thank you for the great giveaway. I am now a happy follower.
    Have a lovely day. Hugs from Sweden

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  12. I'm a new bloglovin follower. Your spider web table topper is lovely. Thanks for sharing and I love the name of your blog. Looking forward to seeing some more of your great posts!

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  13. Your spider web looks crazy beautiful. Front AND back! I do have a tip for you. Simple one. One for those of us with a "fear of the machine".... Do it by hand. I sew almost everything by hand, and while some pieces are still thick and hard to get trough, it is easier to control the fabric hand stitching! It does take more time, though.......

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  14. You did an awesome job with the spider block. I never made one it is on my list of I hope to get that far,,,,,,

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  15. I am a follower by email and I love your spiderweb blocks :)

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  16. you know how much i love your little spiderweb quilt hun, and of course i follow you,

    spiderweb block is still on my long to-do-list *g*

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  17. That spider web quilt is gorgeous! Your momma will love it! My aunt used to make tons of the spider web quilts! It was her favorite pattern!

    Love those giveaway fabrics! YUM!

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  18. I've never tried the spider web block, but yours is just beautiful--something I want to make one of these days! I love the Christmas colors in the tabletopper. Beautiful work! I'm following you!

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  19. Beautiful job. For less thickness on such a block, press your seams open as you go. That should help.

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  20. Thanks for sharing your Christmas spider web. I'm a follower with Bloglovin.

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  21. Your spider webs look awesome...not that I'm qualified to say since I've never made one lol.

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  22. totally there with you about snowman, and I love your table topper...it is very festive..your MUmm will no doubt treasure it for years to come...spiders and all..they are optional aren;t they? lol

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  23. Your creation is lovely. I have never tried the spiderweb block either. Hmmm... maybe I won't be in a hurry to do so. I like the pieced backing and do that frequently myself. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I love your table topper; very cheerful!! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway too.
    I do follow!!!

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  25. Adorable spiderweb. I love the colors. And your binding looks great! Have a fun day.

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  26. Tanyia your spiderweb quilt is beautiful. I have made some spiderweb quilts before and what I do is press the seams open to even out the bulk in the center. I do follow you already.

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  27. My yard once appeared in a coffee table book and newspaper article for over the top Christmas lights. I think that gives me Christmas cred! Love your top!

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  28. It was totally worth all four needles! Beautiful.... blessings, marlene

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  29. Very Beautiful. I have made this but I don't remember breaking any needles. It's been about 10yrs ago though.

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  30. Your Spider Web tabletopper looks like Christmas Candy!! I would suggest that you press your seams open and that will reduce the bulk! I follow you via GFC.

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  31. I have avoided making a spiderweb quilt for that very reason.

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  32. Gorgeous project and fabulous giveaway, thank you.

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  33. Your mom will love it. It is a beautiful piece in spite of the issues it created for you.

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  34. I wish I could help you, but I don't know the answer. Your quilt looks good to me.

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  35. the table topper is beautiful! You might try pressing the seams open to relieve some of the bulk, but with that many seams intersecting, there will still be some bulk.
    Your mom is bound to love it!
    I am a follower!

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  36. I'm following via email
    Lots of great xmas projects. Thanks for sharing and the give away.

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  37. I love your table topper. I know your Mom will be excited to have that on her table! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

    bevwalks at aol dot com

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  38. Somebody's mommy is going to love her new quiltie. I haven't done a spider web quilt yet, but can only imagine the bulk of the center seam. Look forward to seeing what other recommend before I tackle it! I'm a new follower! :-) Glad I found you!

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  39. Your mom will be delighted with your fabulous gift.I reduce bulk by open and ironing seams .
    And yes,I do follow.Thanks for the giveaway.

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  40. What a great quilt! Have not ried the spider web block but now I have to!

    Am a new follower!

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  41. What a darling quilt.....I have been reading your blog for only a short time.....but was excited to see you were in the ho ho ho hop. What a great giveaway.....

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  42. What a great table topper! Your Mum will love it!
    I'm a new follower!

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  43. Love your pretty spiderweb. Great job on the piano border. I "follow by email".
    Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win. It would be amazing to win (I just bought a pattern named table for four that calls for 7 fat qtrs)

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  44. Cute topper!
    I would stop sewing 1/4 in in on all teh sections so you never cross over the bulk:)
    I follow by email at louster388atyahoodotcom

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  45. You did a great job on your gift for your mom - hope it wasn't a surprise, though. I press all my seams open so would probably do so with this. Thanks for sharing. I'm also following you.

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  46. I follow by email! Thanks for the chance, I think you did a fantastic job

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  47. I think your spiderweb is adorable. You did a great job with it.

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  48. What a neat spiderweb quilt and the fabrics are so beautiful! I am a new follower and thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  49. I love spiderweb quilts! I need to finish mine. I am a follower!! thanks for the chance.

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  50. I think your spiderweb turned out beautiful! And your binding looks great.
    And I am a new follower. I love those fabrics so thank you for the chance at the giveaway.
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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  51. Hi! Your gift for your Mom is so pretty!
    Happy to follow you>Blog lovin'!
    Thanks for sharing a grand giveaway!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  52. I think you did a beautiful job on that spiderweb quilt. I love it. I follow you on bloglovin. Thanks for sharing

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  53. Pretty Spider web quilt. Maybe if you press all seams one way and the center open to form a flower. Love the fabrics in the giveaway. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  54. You did just fine, thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. Sometimes you can trim off just a little more of the 1/4 inch seam fabric on the center of the block to help with the thickness. I'm a new follower! love your spider blocks!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  56. I have never made a spider block. However, I am doing a BOM at a LQS and we have a mini tutorial every month. The lady leading the mini tutorial insists on pressing every seam open in her blocks. I don't know if that would help you to eliminate some of the bulk in areas or not - just a thought. You did a fabulous job. Did you sew the binding down by machine or by hand. I haven't had the nerve to sew by binding down by machine yet. I always do it by hand. I am a follower by Google. Also, I took a look at the other posts that were readily visible. Your little girl for the Modern Quilt Guild is amazing. And you do a great job. I love your spider quilt and thanks for trying something new. Thank you for participating and sharing your great project and creativity. Your mom will be extremely happy. Thanks for being honest and asking for help. So many of the bloggers just act as if there were no challenges with the projects. You are very generous with your giveaway. Someone other than your mom is going to be happy, too.

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  57. i enjoyed all your projects, i am sure mom will love her early christmas present!! i am a new follower via bloglovin. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  58. I love this block and you did an amazing job. It looks so beautiful in the Christmas colors. Thank you for sharing.

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  59. What a wonderful spiderweb quilt in holiday colors, 4 broken needles and all. I broke two and severely bent another one trying to make a dimensional posey for a project the other day. I may not be the one to ask, in that case.

    Following your blog on GFC and sage feeds. THX for the giveaway opportunity.

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  60. Oh! What a neat job you did with the spider block piece! Nice to meet you and join your blog.

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  61. Beautiful! Including the back! Yeah, bulk is tough to sew through, but the blocks came out really nice! I am your newest follower!

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  62. Oh no. Now you have scared me from the Spider Web block. LOL Nah, kidding. I'm pretty adventurous and really the thing that stops me from starting something is my stupid perfectionist self afraid that I might be unable to finish/do it right. I hate that. At least you did it and maybe next time it won't cause you any trouble at all. Maybe it was a matter of an old needle or the wrong needle? Was the batting already added when you broke the needles? Did that type batting give suggestions on the type needles which work best? It could be a million things that caused your problems and it may never happen again.

    I think you did a beautiful job and it's beautiful.

    I am now following you on Bloglovin' and also via email.

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  63. Wow nice give away. Your project is really nice. Love the colours and decign.

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  64. beautiful projects and love the fabrics you are giving away thanks

    I'm a follower

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  65. Your mom is lucky to get your beautiful table topper. I really like it. I am a follower via email. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. Your table topper is adorable! I love the fabrics you chose for it. I am a follower now. Thanks for the chance to win that fabulous fabric.

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  67. Those spiderwebs are so cool. Thinkin' must give that a go.

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  68. Oh boy, those fabrics are beautiful and love your table topper. It's no fun when we break those needles, because they're not cheap, unless you get them on sale. Thank you for the opportunity to win this great giveaway.

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  69. I really do love the string quilted tree skirt! So cheerful. Great job. I am now a follower of your blog.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  70. Hiya Tanyia!!! I love your table topper, so pretty and festive. I haven't tried the spiderweb yet, so sorry, I don't have any tips. I just signed up for email following. Thanks for sharing and for having the giveaway. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  71. I don't know how to avoid the thick sections of fabric, other than pressing the seams open and trying to fan open the fabric at the points. Maybe the person who wrote the pattern design has the answer. But anyway, it's a winner. Love it.

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  72. That is a gorgeous quilt, your mom will treasure it.

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  73. I am sure that you Mom will be very happy with this beauty. I am a new follower of your site. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

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  74. Cheerful, joyful quilt!! It is so much fun to successfully try something new - your mom is going to LOVE it! Bloglovin follower - thanks for the chance at such beauties!!

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  75. You did a great job on the spider web quilt. I find that a very hot, no-steam iron pressing the seams open may help.

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  76. I love the name of your blog. I was intrigued with the spider block many years ago, made one, and that was it. LOL

    Following you now.

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  77. I ditto some of the comments about pressing the seams open. A lot more work but worth it in the end. Try another one! It looks beautiful.

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  78. Now following you on Bloglovin: Nicole Sender.
    Your Spiderweb quilt pattern is new to me so I don't have any suggestions about the seams. I know your mom will love her table topper.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  79. Your Christmas spiderweb is fabulous! I'm a new follower on Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely bundle of Christmas fabric!

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  80. I love your spiderweb quilt! It looks spectacular in Christmas colors!! I agree with pressing the seams open. I do that for my bulky joints and it helps. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  81. New follower here. Found you at Lee's WIP. Great job on the binding. As a newbie, that's my scariest part too!

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  82. Very nice projects, I follow with bloglovin.

    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  83. Lovely topper. Not sure on the spiderwebs, I dislike those thick seams too.

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  84. so so pretty!!!!! love the spiderwebs!!! Thanks for the chance, I follow you with bloglovin

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  85. love the table topper!!!! Would love to win the FQs, thanks for the chance. I follow with bloglovin

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  86. It is great that I am finding so many new blogs to follow. I have not attempted a spiderweb quilt yet, but it is on my to do list right next to Cathedral Windows.

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  87. So festive. Great work. I've heard that getting good centers is difficult and yours look spot on. I've not tried this but I heard once that you should turn the top over and get a good rubber mallet and whack the heck out of the center. Sounds drastic but I'll bet it works!

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  88. Your spider web quilt is beautiful. When I work on anything with thick seams I use a Jeans needle (size 80/12) and sew slowly over the thick areas.

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  89. Nice work -- I love the back! :)

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  90. What a pretty quilt I think you made a good choice I know what you mean about being overwhelmed about all the choices out there. You did a beautiful job.

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  91. I really love your spiderweb/string quilt. Thanks for sharing with us. Thanks
    for the chance to win!

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  92. Yours is the first spiderweb block I have seen in Christmas fabrics. I love it! I had not thought to use anything other than Halloween fabric. I am happy to see other's ideas of using different fabrics than the ones in the patterns. It is great inspiration for me. Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower.

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  93. I'm a new follower (JenelleJB) Your mom will be so surprised to receive such a lovely gift and I bet she will have the perfect place to show it off. Thanks for sharing your blog with us. Love the fabric gift giveaway. I have my fingers crossed.

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  94. Your table topper is very pretty. Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower.

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  95. Lovely festive Spider web quilt! Thanks for sharing

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  96. I love your blocks, so festive, great pattern for the table topper. I know she is going to love it. Did you take up sewing from her, my Mom loved to sew; I just never got the hang of it. But wanted to make a quilt for my MIL at the time and she had 13 Grandchildren. I got each one to trace their hands and sign their blocks. I got them sewn and did a little stitch in the ditch and she cherished it. We put it over her casket and then over her when she was buried. Those 13 Grandchildren had 15 Great-Grandchildren (so far). I only wished I had done that for my Mother. It's funny how gifts really make someone's day and something you made will have a bigger impact. Can't wait to see how she liked it. Sorry for the rambling, I do follow you via email, Gfc, etc....
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  97. Such a pretty web! Your Mother will love it! Thanks for sharing!!

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  98. Your quilt is beautiful! It would be awesome to win that lovely fabric. :)

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  99. Love those fabrics. I follow on bloglovin.

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